Berlin is the hot tip on everyone’s lips, whether you’re a budding artist, an aspiring DJ or just keen to soak for some time in Europe’s trendy flavor of the season. There is something for everyone in this eclectic city because of its deep seated elements that will keep its name identical with ‘uber cool’ for a little while yet.
Even on a backpacker’s budget there’s plenty to see and do in Berlin. We have jotted down 5 great things to do in Berlin over a cheap Berlin city break, perfect for those trotting on a shoestring.
Dig deep into Berlin’s past
It doesn’t even cost a penny to take in Berlin’s historic architecture, and a good place to start is on the Unter den Linden, which is queued with monuments encompassing much of the city’s history. The centre piece is the impressive Brandenburg Gate, and 18th century victorious arch which later got related to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the scenes of following mass celebration. West of the Gate is pleasant Tiergarten; north is the German Parliament’s Reichstag; east is Museum Island; and south is the main shopping thoroughfare, Friedrichstrasse.
Drop your jaw at the modern architecture
Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz is the most prominent structure of the urban revolution that transformed the city into the ‘New Berlin’. Main attractions you can see while strolling at the Potsdamer Platz include Debis Tower (Renzo Piano) and the Daimler Chrysler Atrium with other public spaces.
The Sony Centre and Cinema Complex and Film Museum, the Arkaden Shopping Mall (Richard Rogers), Musical Theatre and Casino, and Weinhaus Huth wine merchants the oldest and only surviving original pre World War II building adorn the square too. All the buildings are lit up in night in vibrant colors presenting a spectacular view.
Eat a Currywurst
So what to eat in Berlin – it’s a Currywurst – sliced sausages garnished with ketchup and curry powder. This was invented in 1949 in Berlin, and most popular fast food here. So want to taste the best one? Head towards Konnopke’s in Prenzlauer Berg which is the best.
Special tip: If you’re not into fast food go to the Currywurst Museum to gratify your culture quest!
Raise a pint at the Berlin Beer Festival
On the first weekend of every August, Berlin hosts the grand, 3 days International Berlin Beer Festival or Berliner Bier Festival, as the locals say. This free-for-all event exhibits around 1,800 distinguished varieties of beer from hundreds of breweries across 80 different countries on a backdrop of live music. Tempting avid beer lovers or cultural enthusiasts, demand is very high at this time for cheap hotels in Berlin – so it’s worth booking well in advance.
A city breaks in Germany can actually open up many avenues for the wackiest things to do in Berlin. Whether you are travelling for the first time to Berlin or you are returning, you will surely have a lot to tell at home. All that is left now is to book your cheap weekend breaks Berlin.